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Jews in Kharkov Confined in Concentration Camp by Nazis

January 12, 1942
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Jews in the Nazi-held city of Kharkov in the Soviet Ukraine are confined in a huge concentration camp set up at the outskirts of the city in half-demolished, dilapidated buildings, it is reported here today by the Soviet authorities. The camp is without light and water and the Jews imprisoned there are practically without food.

Immediately after capturing Kharkov, one of the largest Soviet industrial centers and capital city of the Ukraine, the Nazi occupation officials ordered all Jews to move to the concentration camp within twenty-four hours. Half-dressed Jews were dragged from their homes and driven through the streets by Nazi soldiers armed with whips and rifle-butts. Exhausted old men and women and children were left to die where they fell, the Soviet informant revealed.

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